Monthly Archives: October 2013

Have Australia’s wildfires sent Tony Abbott’s climate policies up in smoke?

Telegraph: Is nature trying to tell Tony Abbott something? No sooner had the new Australian Prime Minister started to dismantle the last government’s policies for reducing carbon emissions, than wildfires swept across New South Wales, reigniting – as it were – the debate over climate change. The fires – the worst […] Read the original […]

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Harvard deals blow to fossil fuel divestment campaign:Wynn

Reuters: Environmental groups driving the a divestment movement argue that most fossil fuels must not be burned if the world is to avoid the worst effects of climate change – a threat to the value of energy companies which own coal, oil and gas reserves. The movement is trying […] Read the original post by […]

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Decline in CO2 may be ‘permanent’

BBC: Global emissions of carbon dioxide may be showing the first signs of a “permanent slowdown” in the rate of increase. According to a new report, emissions in 2012 increased at less than half the average over the past decade. Key factors included the shift to shale gas for energy in the […] Read the […]

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Climate Change May Curb Profits From Fossil Fuels, Study Says

Bloomberg: Fossil-fuel assets such as coal mines and gas wells may lose value if climate change prompts tougher regulations, according to a report from Al Gore and David Blood’s Generation Investment Management. About two-thirds of the fossil fuels still underground must remain there if the planet is to meet […] Read the original post by […]

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Climate migration ‘a complex problem’

Deutsche Welle: Dina Ionesco has been working at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since 2011 in the field of climate change and the environment. She coordinates IOM’s participation at international climate negotiations, establishes partnerships with other institutions or training programs and writes for IOM’s publications. The Geneva-based IOM […] Read the original post by […]

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Automakers Meet EU Emission Targets for 2012, Avoiding Fines

Bloomberg: The European Union said no car manufacturer is likely to face EU fines for its carbon-dioxide emissions in 2012, the first year in which caps took effect. The European Commission, the EU’s regulatory arm, said automobile makers ranging from Volkswagen AG (VOW) to General Motors Co. (GM) either met their […] Read the original […]

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U.K. Fracking Review Sees Low Risk to Health From Shale Drilling

Bloomberg: Risks to the public from shale-gas drilling are expected to be low as long as operations are well-regulated, a U.K. government-backed body said in a draft report. “Public Health England anticipates a low risk to public health from direct releases of chemicals and radioactive material if shale gas extraction is […] Read the original […]

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Shale gas fracking a low risk to public health, review finds

Reuters: The risks to public health from emissions caused by fracking for shale oil and gas are low as long as operations are properly run and regulated, the British government’s health agency said on Thursday. Public Health England (PHE) said in a review that any health impacts were likely to be […] Read the original […]

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Activists Feel Powerful Wrath as Russia Guards Its Arctic Claims

New York Times: Gizem Akhan, 24, was about to begin her final year studying the culinary arts at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Tomasz Dziemianczuk, 36, took a vacation from his job as a cultural adviser at the University of Gdansk in Poland that has now unexpectedly turned into an unpaid […] Read the original post […]

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Looking for a Way Around Keystone XL, Canadian Oil Hits the Rails

New York Times: Over the past two years, environmentalists have chained themselves to the White House fence and otherwise coalesced around stopping the Keystone XL pipeline as their top priority in the fight against global warming. But even if President Obama rejects the pipeline, it might not matter much. […] Read the original post by […]

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